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Class Notes from 10/3/16

by: Max Miller

Class Notes from 10/3/16 PSCI 1040

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Here are my notes from class today! We went over basics of Civil Liberties and even tied in some information given in class last Friday.
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Date Created: 10/03/16
Class: PSCI 1040 Reminders: Date: 10/3/16 Prof. Cox will post a federalism review Topic Covered: Civil Liberties by tomorrow morning Created By: Max Miller Test 2 is on 10/19/16 and will cover Ch. 3 and 4! Prof. Cox will also post the current Crash Course “Civil Liberties” on YouTube attendance grade soon! Notes:___________________________________________________ Interesting fact o The United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population but has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners o Around the World  U.S. view of rights is not the same as that of other nations  In much of the world, people are prohibited from many activities that we take for granted and are prosecuted for many things that seem unfair in the United States Class Poll: Do we have the right to…? o Burn the American flag?  Class vote: Yes  Prof says: Yes, you do have the right to burn the American flag, in fact, burning the flag is used as a proper disposal method of the flag o Use vulgar words in a political statement?  Class vote: Yes  Prof says: Yes, in terms of a political statement.  In the time of the Vietnam war, many protestors carried signs and wore shirts/jackets that said “F--- the war!” o Practice any religion?  Class vote: Maybe  Prof says: Yes, if it is legal to do otherwise  Using illegal substances or human sacrifices are illegal in every sense other than in a religious ceremony, so it is also illegal to partake in those things during a religious ceremony o Believe that the U.S. government should be overthrown?  Class vote: Yes  Prof says: Yes, you can believe whatever you want What sets us apart? o The Bill of Rights  Ratified in 1791  Been in effect for 225 years and counting  Starts with the phrase “Congress shall make no law…”  This opening phrase means that the bill of rights only applies to congress, not to the states  Barron v Baltimore o Discussed last class and verifies this fact via Supreme Court ruling o Case brought forward under the “due process clause” th th 14 amendment (Link to the full 14 amendment) o Ratified in 1868 o Defines what a citizen is, both nationally and within the states o “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the U.S.” o “No state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law” th  If Barron had sued Baltimore after the 14 amendment, he would’ve won, most likely o “No state may deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” Integration o “Selective Incorporation” o Some argued that the 14 amendment “incorporated” the entire Bill of Rights to the states o The Supreme Court rejected this idea  The Supreme Court has however, identified various fundamental rights over the years  Right to travel freely  Right to vote  Right to marry and have children o Some parts of the Bill of Rights that have not been incorporated to the states:  3 amendment  Quartering soldiers th  7 amendment  Jury trials in a civil suit  Part of the 5 amendment  Grand juries  8 amendment  Prohibition against excessive bail or fines In class next time o Freedom of religion  Be sure not to miss it!  There is sure to be some good conversation


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